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Work begins on bridge across Amaravathy

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The bridge will replace the existing causeway built in 1967 and used by the people to cross the river

vital link:Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji at the bhumi pooja for the construction of the new bridge across the Amaravathy in Karur on Monday.
vital link:Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji at the bhumi pooja for the construction of the new bridge across the Amaravathy in Karur on Monday.

A new bridge across the Amaravathy linking Karur town with Pasupathypalayam is all set to become a reality. Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji inaugurated the construction work on the bridge on Monday, which will replace the existing causeway constructed in 1967, and used by the people to cross the river at present.

The 600-metre bridge is estimated to cost Rs. 13.75 crore. Original estimates were put at Rs. 12.50 crore, but the State government revised the estimate to accommodate additional facilities in infrastructure. Mr. Balaji pointed out that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had promised during her Assembly election campaign to construct a bridge across the Amaravathy.

The bridge would boost the fortune of industrial Karur by offering a short and direct link to the heart of the town from its peripherals in the east. While the sanctioned duration of construction is 36 months, the executors have been requested to complete the work in two years, Mr. Balaji said.

The causeway, rendered unfit for heavy vehicle transport long ago, has been a picture of neglect with the agencies vested with the task finding it difficult to muster fund for its repair and renovation.

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